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Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands. He moved around Eastern Europe and lived in mostly the Netherlands and England. As a child, he drew and painted regularly. He was born into an upper middle class family and worked for an art firm when he turned 16. In 1800, he decided to devote his life to creating art, he believed it to be a "spiritual calling." In 1879, Van Gogh worked as a missionary in Belgium, there he began to sketch the peoplebof the town as a past-time. 

Van Gogh spent his childhood drawing but he didn't start to paint until his late 20s. He was a Post-Impressionalist painter who went on to become a heavy influence in 20th century artwork. He started out with a very gloomy artstyle but soon moved onto a more vibrant palette when the previous no longer worked. His early art had a very strong usage of earth like tones and very little coloration that we are able to see in his artwork now 

Title: Portrait of Armand Roulin

Date: 1888

Theme: Portrait 

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Location: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen




Title: Dr. Paul Gachet

Date: 1890

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Location: Musée d’Orsay, Paris



Title: Irises

Date: 1889

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Location: The J. Paul Getty Museum


Title: Self Portrait with straw hat

Date: Mar 1887-Jun 1887

Medium: Oil on canvas

Location:Van Gogh Museum


Title:Corn harvest in Provence

Date: 1888

Medium:Oil on Canvas

Location: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem


Title: Poppy Field

Date: 1890

Medium: Oil on Canvas


This painting is simply titled Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers. It has a very vibrant color palette that is being used.The way the blue in the background allows for the flowers up front to pop is truly impeccable. While there seems to be alot going on in this painting the main focus is always the flowers. This painting makes me feel calm when I see the way the colors all play off of each other, this can remind us that even the simplest of things can bring us happiness. 

This starry, well known paintng by Van Gogh is none other than Starry Night. The use of the various blues in the sky and fluidlike brusstrokes allow this painting to take up a large amount of the canvas. This lets the viewers make up their own meaning to the painting. To me, it seems as if this painting is emphasizing the true beauty of nature and how it can never be covered up by the world below it.!/search?q=van%20gogh